Corgi 469-A-x Routemaster Bus - Culture Bus

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This model is the Corgi 469-A-x Routemaster Bus in Yellow issued for the UK market. This model was released with advertising on both upper sides reading "Culture Bus" and both lower sides reading "Door to door sightseeing, Free reboarding all day". The upper rear and front route boards show route information as " Culture Bus" followed by a list of sightseeing destinations.

This model has no opening parts. The front headlights and grill are represented by cast impressions that have been painted silver. The rear also has cast impressions to represent the rear lights and number plate but these have not been highlighted with an alternative colour.

The entire interior is white plastic with the upper interior showing around the middle of the bus as a white stripe. The glazing is clear with molded lines on some areas to represent the small opening slide windows present on the real bus. The stairs to the upper level have been cast into the lower body casting but there is no corresponding opening cast into the upper interior!

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a black center, 6 spoke "hub".

The base plate is black plastic and is marked with "corgi" in the centre top and "Made in GT Britain" at the centre bottom. It is held in place with three rivets.

This model was issued circa 1984, but I can find no specific reference to this variation in the published references. The packaging carries a small white label indicating the original owner purchased it 15 Nov 1984 and the right hand end flap indicates "Sole Trade Supplier, John Gay, 7 Horsham Lane, Upchurch, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 7AL" on 6 lines of text handstamped on the box interior. As such it may be a John Gay model rather than a Corgi issue.

Item: 1846